A chef who was celebrated for his cooking well before the current crop of TV chefs became known as celebrities has died. CNN reports that Paul Prudhomme died today in New Orleans following a brief illness. He was 75
His death was announced by K-Paul’s, the restaurant he owned in New Orleans.
Prudhomme is widely associated with Cajun and Creole cooking, and is credited with popularizing the Louisiana-based cuisines.
The report quotes Poppy Tooker, host of the “Louisiana Eats!” radio program, saying: “Paul was the one who not only put Louisiana food, our food, Cajun and Creole food, on the map, but he was also the one who started the American food revolution that flourishes today.”
CNN adds: “Prudhomme was one of the nation’s first celebrity chefs, and his restaurants attracted huge crowds and widespread acclaim. He hosted several cooking shows and authored nine cookbooks, some of them bestsellers.”
Prudhomme was a part of five cooking shows produced by the PBS New Orleans affiliate WYES, including “Fork in the Road” in 1995, “Fiery Foods” in 1996 and “Always Cooking” in 2007. His books included “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen” (1984), “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Seasoned America” (1991) and “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Tastes” (2000).